It's messy. It's far from perfect. It's full of moments where I feel as though I'm failing, hardly keeping my head above water. It's tiring. It's hard. Like really, really hard.
But in those challenging moments, there is opportunity. A chance for growth. Learning lessons. A-HA moments. Victories. Laughter, lots and lots of laughter. Play time. Adventure. Travel. Make belief. Giggles that fill the house. Happiness. Cuddles and snuggles. Memories and moments forever sketched in my heart and mind.
In those moments there is gratitude. For all my mistakes, I finally did something right. I gave life to the greatest gift of all. I've been given an opportunity to raise a child who can help change the world. This little man who will always be my baby. Who is forever the joy and ultimate blessing of my life; Charlie.
Single motherhood has its share of judgement and shame. In this space I hope to remind every single one of us, single mothers or not, that the time has come to crush the stigmas and us to remember at our core we are all the same.
We are all Mothers.
Constantly trying to be and do the very best for our babes.